I have been dealing with a terribly hard situation in my classroom. Over the Christmas holiday, two of my little students were in a car crash, and one died. They were twin brothers and had just turned seven years old. Thankfully the surviving brother had little physical injury.
I am sharing this to let you know about the amazing reaction the rest of my students have had to this situation.
I work in a small community and so, by the time school was back in session, some of my students had already heard of the tragedy. But I had to tell the rest of my class. We had a counselor on hand, just in case. The reactions of my “littles” were varied, but if any one of them cried, others came immediately to hug them and pat their back. My students were comforting me, my aide, and each other. They were also concerned about their classmate who survived. Without any prompting, the children agreed that they had to “be nice” to him, hug him, help him calm down if he became angry, help him with his classwork, etc.
The next day, my students designated a basket in the classroom for gifts and homemade cards for their classmate AND the brother that died. This was all on their own. Amazing.
The surviving twin finally came back to school this week. My students enveloped him with love. They proudly presented him with the things they had brought and made for him and his brother. And, they demonstrated a touching amount of love and kindness. I am getting emotional just remembering this.
I just wanted to share with you all the immense love, kindness, caring, and support provided by a group of little children for someone they know who is hurting. Again, AMAZING!!